About Us

The HBRF will ensure that businesses can access the most up to date expertise and information to protect themselves from security threats.   The forum will create a secure Humber region in which business and other organisations can flourish, through educating businesses to Prepare for, respond to and emerge from an attack. Gordon Meldrum QPM, a Non-Executive Director of Hull-based Agenda Screening Services, and a former Director of the UK National Crime Agency, is a driving force behind the HBRF and is the Chair of the forum’s board.

Objectives:

  • To make the Humber region more resilient to cyber-attacks and better able to protect interests in cyberspace
  • To assist the Humber region to tackle cybercrime and be one of the most secure places in the UK to do business in cyberspace
  • To assist the Humber region to develop the cross cutting capacity, capabilities, knowledge and skills to underpin Objectives 1 & 2.

Board Members

Gordon Meldrum QPM, Agenda Screening Services, Non-Executive and Chair of the HBRF
Gordon joined Agenda Security Services board as a non-executive earlier this year having previously spent 30 years in the policing, security and intelligence sectors and recently retired from the UK National Crime Agency (NCA) where he was latterly The Director of Intelligence. Gordon’s career includes working in specialist organisations such as Special Branch, The National Criminal Intelligence Service, The Scottish Crime & Drug Enforcement Agency (SCDEA), The NCA and The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

DI Richard Osgerby, Humberside Police
Detective Inspector Rich Osgerby’s has been in policing for 21 years where he started his career at Bransholme Police Station. Since the start of his career Rich has worked in roles such as custody, neighbourhoods and armed response before becoming Inspector with responsibility for a small firearms and marine capability keeping our Ports and industrial assets safe from the threat of terrorism. He became the Cybercrime inspector in June 15 and am currently working towards my investigative qualifications. Some of my proudest moments have been helping victims of crime and when I have provided personal armed protection to ministers and the Royal family including the Queen and also Barack Obama during the G8 summit in Belfast.

Rory Clarke, J R Rix & Sons
Rory Clarke is a Director of J R Rix & Sons Limited a family owned business based in Hull, and Managing Director of the fuel distribution part of the Group, Rix Petroleum, which is the largest independent, family owned, fuel distributor in the UK. JR Rix & Sons can trace its origins back for more than 140 years. Whilst it started out as ship owners in the 1870s it is only a small part of what it does today. Its diverse activities range from stevedoring, warehousing, and car retailing through to fuel distribution, manufacturing and property development.

Dr Dionysis Demetis, University of Hull
Dr Dionysios Demetis is a Lecturer in Management Systems at the Business School of the University of Hull and affiliated with its Centre for Systems Studies. He holds a PhD from the London School of Economics for research on Anti-Money Laundering and Information Systems. He has been an Associate Staff member of the Information Systems Innovation Group (ISIG) of the LSE, as well as an Adjunct Professor for the San Diego-based, Thomas Jefferson School of Law in California where he lectured on International Compliance, Anti-Money Laundering, the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA/AML) and Research Methodology.

Norman Mortell, Agenda Screening Services
Norman has been Director of Operations at Hull based Agenda Security Services since 2001. He has been developing the pre-employment screening and background checking services that have enabled Agenda to win many blue-chip company screening contracts through the use of the latest technology aligned with a personal and bespoke approach. Agenda have provided security awareness and effective hiring training to over 6000 people worldwide and from a personal point of view he is looking forward to 2017 because not only is it the City of Culture year but also Agenda’s 20th year.

John Connolly, C4DI
John Connolly is Managing Director of C4DI (The Centre for Digital Innovation) based in Hull. C4DI is a privately funded business, focussed on growing the local tech community, incubating tech companies, and proving startup opportunities developed from corporate innovation programmes, which it runs for organisations such as Siemens, PwC, ABP, Smith & Nephew and RB. John has extensive experience of setting up technology businesses and taking them from concept through to profitability. Over the last few years he’s built businesses specialising in a range of technologies including desktop software, mobile apps, gaming, SaaS products and Interactive DVD.

Ralph Gilbert, Rollits
Ralph Gilbert is a solicitor and is Managing Partner of Rollits LLP, a commercial law firm based in Hull and York and currently celebrating its 175th Anniversary. Business Resilience is therefore at the top of Ralph’s agenda! Ralph is a graduate of the University of Hull having arrived in the city in 1984 to commence his legal studies and never having left! He has been a leading commercial litigation solicitor since qualifying in 1990 and has acted for a complete range of clients in seeking to protect their interests. He became Managing Partner in May 2015 and has just overseen the move to new premises in the Old Town of Hull. As well as heading up the firm’s own cyber security function, he also leads on anti – money laundering protection and general risk management for the firm and his interest in general resilience therefore arises from both his professional work as a lawyer but also in managing the firm.

Steve Hanson, Barclays
Steve joined Barclays in 2008 to set up a new Corporate area office based in Hull. He is Head of Business & Corporate Banking, Humber & York and leads a team of 25 staff serving clients with a turnover of £400k+ across the Humber and York market. Steve started his banking career in Sheffield in 1983 and has undertaken a wide variety of roles in Retail and Business Banking across Yorkshire. Steve has been based in the Humber & York area since 1996, where his focus has been relationship management and business development roles across Commercial and Corporate Banking. Steve therefore has a wealth of experience to ensure his team deliver the financial solutions and service required by their clients. Steve lives in East Yorkshire and is married with one daughter.

Paul Brady, PWC
Paul Brady has over fifteen years’ experience of providing advisory services to private and public sector organisations. Paul’s background is in software development, implementing IT solutions and web-enabled systems for British Airways in the late 1990s. Paul moved into the public sector in 2001 and spent 6 years in health and social care; implementing multi-agency information sharing solutions. During this time Paul gained his British Computer Society ISEB certificate in Data Protection. Paul then joined PwC in 2008 and in 2010 he became a member of the CESG Listed Adviser Scheme (CLAS); advising DWP, HMRC, National Savings & Investments and other government agencies on securing protectively marked data up to and including SECRET. Paul is a Full Member of the Institute of Information Security Professionals (M.Inst.ISP) and since 2014 has been leading PwC’s cyber security team in the North, advising organisations across all sectors on cyber and information security.

David Clugston, Clugston Group Ltd
David is a Director of Clugston Group Ltd, a family owned company that has featured as one of the London Stock Exchange’s ‘1000 companies to Inspire Britain’ and The Sunday Times ‘Top Track 250’ companies. The Group, which is based in the Humber region, is engaged in construction, logistics, property development and facilities management activities across the UK. David commenced his career by serving as an Officer with the Corps of Royal Engineers before undertaking a range of project support roles, from finance industry software development, to construction management of sensitive IT facilities and critical infrastructure facilities, and has latterly been engaged in business development and strategic acquisition roles. David holds an Executive Master of Business Administration from the University of Leeds and is keen to encourage organisations within the region to improve their knowledge of, and resilience to, the rapidly changing threats posed by cybercrime.

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